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Discovering Dylan Thomas

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Day 1 

 

Arrival into Swansea

 

No.5 Cwmdonkin Drive Uplands, Swansea. SA2 0RA Tel: 01792 472 555

 

Dylan was born in the front bedroom of the house in 1914 and continued to live there until his parents moved out in 1937. Today, the Birth Place has been restored to its condition in 1914 when it was bought as a new house by the Thomas family

 

Meet Geoff Haden owner of the house who will relate to you the history of the house and the life that Dylan had during the year he lived here.

 

After Cwmdonkin Drive make your way onto the Dylan Thomas Centre

 

Opened by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter in 1995, the Dylan Thomas Centre is now nearing its twentieth year as Ty Llên: (Poetry House) home to all things literary and cultural for the city and county of Swansea. The centre has a permanent exhibition dedicated to Wales's premiere poet, Dylan Thomas, and simultaneously provides a platform for new and established writers.

 

Overnight accommodation - Swansea.

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Day 2 

 

Bore Da - Good Morning

 

Head out of Swansea for Pontrhydyfen – Birth place of the Welsh Actor Richard Burton.

 

Richard Burton CBE (10th November 1925 – 5th August 1984) was a multiple award-winning actor. He was born in Pontrhydyfen, Afan Forest Park. He lived in Taibach throughout his childhood and teenage years. His acting career grew from local productions at the YMCA, to London, then Hollywood.

 

Richard was known for reading some of Dylan’s famous work – “Under Milk Wood, A Winters Tale, Go Not Go Gentle into that Good Night “etc. It’s known also that Richard was friends with Dylan as they were from the same area.

 

At Pontrhydyfen take The Richard Burton Trail to discover his life and the area which he was brought up in

 

In the afternoon return to Swansea to explore the city.

 

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Day 3 

 

This morning depart Swansea and head for Laugharne – no visit to Wales would be complete without a visit to a Castle – we have 641 of them.

 

En route to Laugharne pay a visit to Carreg Cennin Castle in the village of Trapp, four miles south of Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire. The castle is within the Brecon Beacons National Park, and its location has been described as spectacular, due to its position above a limestone precipice and which has been in a ruinous state since 1462. The castle is now in the care of Cadw

 

After a Carreg Cennin head onto Laugharne.

 

It is known for having been the home of Dylan Thomas from 1949 until his death in 1953, and is thought to have been an inspiration for the fictional town of Llareggub in Under Milk Wood. It is also here that Dylan is buried.

 

Park up, walk to Dylan’s Boat where he lived and wrote some of his famous work passing by Laugharne Castle. You can have lunch here and also the opportunity to explore the house and learn more about Dylan.

 

After lunch why not try The Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk

 

After the walk check-in to: Browns Hotel, Carmarthen

 

Day 4 

 

Depart Laugharne and head north onto the Cardigan Coast to the fishing town of New Quay.

 

Dylan moved to New Quay in September 1944, eager to escape from both the war and from London. He rented 'Majoda' for just one pound a week and drank at the Black Lion Pub in New Quay – the town became the location of the 2007 film Edge of Love highlighting Dylan’s life during the period he lived there.

 

From New Quay we travel along the Cardigan Coast onto Aberystwyth and to The National Library of Wales.

 

Free Time in Aberystwyth

 

Following we travel onto Tregaron

 

Accommodation: Tregaron

 

Day 5 

 

Depart Tregaron and travel onto the City of Cardiff.

 

We take the Mountain Road from Tregaron to view Soar Y Mynydd Chapel – this is the most remote Chapel in Wales and was the subject of a painting by Ogwyn Davies in 1993. Then it’s onto Builth Wells and Hay-on-Wye.

 

Hay-on-Wye is the second-hand book capital of the world, and home of the internationally acclaimed Literary Festival. The antique shops and modern craft centre make Hay an ideal place to browse.

 

At Hay-on-Wye, there is a variety of things to do even if you aren’t a bibliophile; - you can visit the craft centre to shop or see the crafts people at work. Visit the antique shops or the delightful jigsaw puzzle and teddy bear shop for example, walk along the river or simply amble through the cobbled streets in this sleepy, but intriguing market town.

 

Following lunch in Hay travel on to Cardiff

 

Cardiff or Caerdydd as we say in Welsh, is the Capital City of Wales, a truly modern and cosmopolitan city with an event calendar to rival any other European capital. In the Cardiff Bay area, you’ll find some stunning showpiece buildings; the Millennium Centre, a fantastic arts and cultural venue, the slate and glass Welsh Parliament Building and in the city centre, the Millennium Stadium with its ‘Thunderbirds are go’ sliding roof. But despite all that forward thinking, it’s a city that has not forgotten its past. The Civic Centre and National Museum are one of the finest in Europe and Cardiff Castle an unexpected city centre surprise.

Find out more at Visit Cardiff

 

Accommodation – Cardiff City Centre

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